Friday, December 11, 2009
Kismot: Combating Poverty and Conflict through Fashion
December 10th marked the launch date of artist collective and social enterprise Kismot. Kismot Developing World Artist Collective is committed to community development through art and music. Kismot clothing and accessories are designed by internationally acclaimed artists from the developing world. 100% of profits from every Kismot item purchased directly support projects throughout the world that use art and music to empower disadvantaged communities.
"While these projects can offer much needed healing and hope in urban slums and refugee camps,” says founder Raj Chowdhury, “the cost of financing art based workshops and cultural centers can be prohibitive.”
Kismot’s latest collaboration is with artists all over the world including Bangladesh, Colombia, and Brazil to produce a line of clothing and accessories. The initial line consists of four artist-designed fitted T-shirts. Each T-shirt features images inspired by the artist's culture, including folklore, calligraphy, and native dance with 100% of profits from every purchased item to finance projects throughout the world that use art and music to empower disadvantaged communities.
T-Shirts cost $25 and can be purchased online at www.kismot.com